Four Mission Health Nurses Named 2018 Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina

Mission Health nurses returned to Asheville this weekend from a celebration where four were honored as North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses at the annual Great 100, Inc. Gala.

Since 1989, the Great 100, Inc. has recognized admired and influential nurses across North Carolina. Each year, this organization recognizes the top 100 nurses from North Carolina who are nominated by their peers for this once-in-a-lifetime honor.

What does it take to be a Great 100 Nurse of North Carolina?

These are nurses who lead and influence nursing practice in their own work environment, and for our system and region. Our honorees promote and advance the profession of nursing in a positive way in the practice setting and/or in the community, and actively seek ways to support nurses and other healthcare providers.

These nurses demonstrate integrity, accountability, caring and commitment to others’ growth and development, and radiate energy and enthusiasm – taking ownership in their practice and leading contributions to outcomes.

Meet this year’s Great 100 Nurses from Mission Health

The nominators were asked to describe in one sentence what makes each nurse a Great 100 Nurse in North Carolina. Meet the 2018 recipients from Mission Health.

Joelle Cleveland, BSN, RN, OCN, TRH
Education, Survivorship, Triage Nurse, Brevard Cancer and Infusion Center

“This nurse’s life is a reflection of the motto ‘You cannot teach what you do not know, and you cannot lead where you will not go’; she practices effective leadership with integrity, character, love, compassion and caring for all.”

Kathleen Culhane Guyette, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals, Mission Health

“A change agent for rural nursing, she elevates the profession by leading and mentoring nurses to joyfully proclaim their trusted professional voice to advocate for patients, families and team members.”

Barb McElroy, MBA, BSN, PCCN, RN-C, Direct Care RN
Staffing Pool, Mission Hospital

“Known as a team player and delivers holistic nursing care that enhances wellness and quality of life.”

Jamie Staton, BSN, RN, CIC
Infection Prevention Specialist, Mission Health

“This humble, creative nurse has impacted the lives of thousands of persons by promoting public health, prioritizing patient safety in her work and fostering growth/learning in her colleagues.”


Mission Health’s nursing vision is to be a nationally recognized strengths-based nursing culture; always striving to achieve best practices in research, professional development, quality and nursing care to retain the experienced nurses of today and recruit and mentor nurses of tomorrow.

Learn more about nursing and growing your nursing career at Mission Health, and search and apply to nursing careers: Nursing Is Our Mission [1].